New rifle’s sighted in — bring on elk season

I finally got a chance to get out in the pasture to sight in my new .300 Winchester Mag, and now I’m wishing elk season weren’t so far away.

I’ve shot a .270 for years. I have used it for everything from coyotes to elk, and I’ve had excellent results with it on every species. Well, I’ve never fired it at an elk, but I’m confident if I get the chance to do so, it’ll do the job just fine.

Part of the reason is that I’m possibly the world’s worst elk hunter, but there’s also the fact that I usually only hunt elk in the bow season. But now that I have a .300 Win Mag, I’m planning to save some vacation days for the rifle season this year.

I’ve always wanted a .300 Mag. I’ve shot that .270 for years, and I love it. Not to brag, but I’ve gotten pretty good with it.

But a little more wallop wouldn’t be a bad thing if I’m going to take it out after elk, and given my dismal success rate with my bow, I might have a better chance of bringing some elk meat home if I spend some time in the woods during the rifle season. So when I got my newest rifle, I got it chambered for .300 Winchester Mag.

I’ve had it for several weeks, but I picked it up right before we got hit with one of the biggest snowstorms in Cheyenne’s history. My shooting range is down in the bottom of my pasture, and there was no way I could get the shooting rest, the targets and the rifle out there without the snowshoes and a sled. I was eager enough to sight in that rifle I almost tried, though. But last weekend, the snow melted enough for me to get down there. I got on paper at 100 yards, then backed off to 200 yards and dialed the scope in on the bullseye. It took a few shots, but I am tickled with the results. At 200 yards, that Weatherby and its Maven scope are putting every shot within a dime’s radius of dead center.

As excited as I am to hunt an elk with this new rifle, though, what do you bet this is the year I finally get lucky with my bow?

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